Habitat: River Views in New Hope
When a retired local couple was looking for a weekend getaway, they found a home nestled between the Delaware River and the Delaware Canal at New Hope’s southern edge. They had filled their place in Philadelphia with their collection of Asian and African art and looked forward to putting their globetrotting touch on their country house, too.
But when the home was flooded twice in two years, the couple knew they needed to take action: They wanted to raze the old home and construct a new one above the 100-year flood line. With help from Joseph Gorman, a Washington, D.C.-based architect with previous New Hope experience, they did just that, finishing the rebuild in 2014.
“The challenge was to create a house that looked like it belonged in New Hope but also had an Asian feel,” Gorman says. He met the challenge through skillful use of native stone on the exterior and Japanese-inspired woodwork inside. The large glass windows on the home’s riverward side also bring its environment indoors.
Published as “River Views” in the October 2016 issue of Philadelphia magazine.